Twisting Scripture for Selfish Gain

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10b, ESV)

This is quite possibly the MOST misinterpreted verse in the Bible. I have heard both random people and even pastors say, “Check this out, God WANTS you to have an abundant life!” I like how they take out the first part of the verse, because it is a bit confusing when it is put in the context they want it to be in. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10, ESV) Using hermeneutics, you will discover that Jesus is talking about salvation. You will also see that when you interpret this passage based on other scripture, the word abundant is used here to describe life upon life, or eternal life, or everlasting life, not a full and abundant life now. It is a shame that people so want to hear what they want to hear rather than what Jesus wants for their life. Twisting scripture for your own self-help is wrong. Yes, the words of God are living and active, but they are not meant to be twisted for selfish gain.

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